Program Overview

To complete a psychology minor, students are required to take a minimum of 20 credits of psychology. Twelve of these 20 credits must be taken at Metropolitan State and 12 credits must be upper division. According to university general education policy, 12 credits of the minor may overlap with general education/liberal studies credits.

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Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

The industrial and organizational psychology minor is designed for students who are interested in the application of psychology in an organizational setting. The minor involves that application of the methods, facts and principles of psychology to people at work. This minor may be of particular interest to students in human resource management or human services administration and to students who are working or aspire to work in public or private organizational settings.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor Required Courses (8 credits)

  • PSYC 100 General Psychology
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to scientific and applied psychology, and suggests its application to everyday life. The course familiarizes students with concepts, principles, research methods and theories of psychology.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • PSYC 344 Personnel and Industrial Psychology
      4 credits

      This course focuses on principles and techniques of personnel and industrial psychology and applications of scientific psychology to business and industrial settings. Topics include: psychology as a science and professional practice issues; employee selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, and training and development; leadership in organizations; motivation, job satisfaction and job involvement; organizational structure; work conditions, engineering psychology, employee safety and health, and work stress; and consumer psychology. This course is appropriate for general management, business administration and psychology students in addition to human resource management professionals. Overlap: HRM 330 Personnel and Industrial Psycholog.

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    • HRM 330 Personnel and Industrial Psychology
      4 credits

      This course focuses on principles and techniques of personnel and industrial psychology and applications of scientific psychology to business and industrial settings. Topics include: psychology as a science and professional practice issues; employee selection, psychological testing, performance appraisal, and training and development; leadership in organizations; motivation, job satisfaction and job involvement; organizational structure; work conditions, engineering psychology, employee safety and health, and work stress; and consumer psychology. This course is appropriate for general management, business administration and psychology students in addition to human resource management professionals.

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor Electives - Guided (4 credits)

  • PSYC 317 Human Factors
    4 credits

    Human factors psychology (ergonomics) is the study of human capacities and limitations affecting people's interaction with machines. Topics include perception, cognition, memory, psychomotor learning, display and control design, vehicular and roadway design, the human-computer interface, airplane crashes, and product liability. The course includes psychology laboratory experiments and research reports, exercises in human factors design, and a field trip in which students fly a flight simulator. Experimental methodology underlies the content of this course.

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  • PSYC 327 Psychological Testing
    4 credits

    This course provides an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques involved in selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting psychological tests. Validity, reliability, standardization, norms and ethical issues are covered in the measurement of intellect, aptitude, achievement, interest and personality. Learning strategies include test demonstrations. Students take, score (where possible) and interpret several different tests.

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  • PSYC 303 Artificial Intelligence
    4 credits

    This course investigates current and past work in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Definitions of intelligence are considered and mechanisms and performance of AI application systems are studied. Comparisons are made to human intelligence as the class evaluates achievements in the AI application areas of problem solving, expert systems, neural networks, natural language processing, speech recognition, computer vision, machine learning and robotics. The philosophy of consciousness and the future of AI are also explored. Online videos, computer demos, and discussions are featured. Students can choose to write a critical paper or develop and test a toy AI system. English language competence is required.

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  • PSYC 307 Data/Statistical Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences
    4 credits

    Students learn the basic procedures used in the collection and analysis of data in the behavioral sciences. Statistical software is used to conduct descriptive and inferential analyses of both small and large data sets. Students learn to write conceptual conclusions supported by statistical analyses. Prerequisite: Completion of math general education requirements.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology Minor Electives - Additional (8 credits)

  • PSYC 314 Group Dynamics and Facilitation
    4 credits

    Students learn the theory and practice of group membership skills, including group development, roles, norms and leadership responsibilities. Students also learn situational leadership styles and roles, interpersonal communication styles, conflict management, problem solving, feedback skills, and group activity planning, presentation and processing. Overlap: COMM 351 Communication in Work Groups and Comm 351T Communication in Work Groups Theory Seminar.

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  • PSYC 323 The Nature of Creativity: A Psychological Perspective
    4 credits

    This course examines creativity's role in the therapeutic process. Writings by psychologists and artists are explored to help students better understand psychological creativity. The class studies questions such as: how is art therapeutic? and, how does the therapeutic process help one see and live life more creatively?

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  • HSTD 394 Staff Training and Adult Development
    4 credits

    Students in this course focus on staff development and training techniques, and examine their roles and functions within nonprofit and public/governmental organizations. Attention is given to the identification of training needs, strategies for meeting those needs, information on adult learning, the use of evaluations, and the overall purpose of staff development and training within an organization. Students develop a hypothetical staff development program as a major project. Recommended: Some preparation in psychology.

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  • PSYC 319 The Impact of Technology on Human and Organizational Behavior
    4 credits

    The impact of technology on human and organizational behavior is examined within the context of adult development and learning theory. Topics include challenges that technologies have created for managers, employees and individual consumers; motivating individual and organizational change; and technology's effect on mental health. Students complete individual projects on topics of personal interest or design action plans applicable to the workplace.

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  • PSYC 212 Introduction to Diversity and Ethics in Psychology
    3 credits

    In this course students explore questions related to psychology's response to diversity and ethical principles, including: How has psychology dealt with issues of culture, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and ableism? How has this influenced basic theories in psychology? How does this affect specific groups or individuals in areas of research, assessment and therapeutic practice? What are the ethical standards that guide, and the ethical dilemmas that currently face, the field of psychology? How do issues of diversity and ethical principles influence and intersect with each other? Further, this course is designed to develop and expand students¿ critical knowledge of the central role of race, racism, and anti-racism in multiple contexts of society and aspects of everyday life. Students are asked to think critically about the societal and individual effects inherent in the information covered in this course.

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  • PSYC 107 Career Planning and Development
    3 credits

    This course is designed to help students plan their careers and develop lifelong learning strategies. Participants assess their interests, skills and aspirations in relation to the world of work. Topics include needs assessment, methods of achievement and analysis, goal planning, occupational field research, skills identification and strategy development. Students develop career plans balancing their personal aspirations with reality.

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  • HSTD 389 Organizational Development and Change
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of organization development principles necessary for any type of organization to effectively cope and react to inevitable change that will impact organizational effectiveness and survival. Addresses the theory and practice or organizational development including: initial diagnosis, entry, contracting, data collection, data analysis, action planning, approaches to implementing planned change, and evaluation of planned change effectiveness. Today, every manager, at any level, must be capable of dealing with certain change in a proactive manner.

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  • PSYC 360 Friday Forum Topics
    0 credits

    Forums are on topics of current importance in the field of psychology and are offered in collaboration with the Minnesota Psychological Association. Students are asked to write papers summarizing the content and discussing the relevance of principles and practices presented to their own activities or within a specified hypothetical context. Specific topics are listed in the Class Schedule or announced in the Catalyst. Note: At least 12 credits in psychology, human services, or social work prior to registration.

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